What was once reserved for more expensive items is now showing up on basic staples: tiny security tags that trigger loud noises if a person tries to exit the store without paying.
At Germany-based chain Aldi, new security tags were spotted on cheese and bottles of alcohol. An independent co-op store was seen putting them on lamb chops and baby milk cartons.
The changes came after Britain's largest dairy producer warned that grocery prices are not done rising. Dairy products especially, including butter, continue to skyrocket to levels never before seen. (Related: Food inflation is also horrendous in the United States, and it began before Joe Biden was even in the White House.)
"The country faces the worst inflation in 40 years, climbing 9.1 per cent in the 12 months to May, the highest since at least February 1982 when it reached 10.2 per cent," reported The Independent.
Tesco, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, along with Sainsbury's, a major competitor, are tagging many store items with security tags in anticipation of more shoplifting as the global economy comes unhinged.
At some stores, the entire baby food aisle now has special surveillance cameras along with warning signs that customers are being watched to ensure they do not swipe sustenance for their children.
"Similarly in a London Morrisons, security tags were placed on £8.50 children's multi-vitamins, again prompting surprise from shoppers," added The Independent.
Whether police officers should prosecute people for stealing food is up to their own individual "discretion," announced Andy Cooke, the new chief inspector of constabulary, explaining that many people are just trying not to starve to death.
This compassionate approach is not shared by Kit Malthouse, the minister of policing in the UK, who says this is "old-fashioned thinking."
"We first of all believe the law should be blind and police officers should operate without fear or favour in prosecution of the law," he added.
This is all good and fine except for the fact that systemic fraud and corruption is largely responsible for this inflationary crisis, which is not the fault of the people who are now having to decide whether to eat or pay the electric bill.
Perhaps the police should start arresting the "elite" who are responsible for rigging the entire global economy in their favor, and who are now watching it collapse, probably by design, while they profit all the way down?
Keep in mind that things are only just getting started on the economic collapse front. Sainsbury's chief executive Simon Roberts warned that the pressure on already struggling families "will only intensify over the remainder of the year," pledging to invest more money into his company to keep prices as low as possible.
"We really understand how hard it is for millions of households right now and that's why we are investing £500 million and doing everything we can to keep our prices low, especially on the products customers buy most often," he says.
As shocking as it might be to see prices rise almost on the daily, The Consumer Action Group spokesman Marc Gander says that people need to get used to it "because that's the way it's going."
"But there are lots of other alternatives around including own brands which are very much cheaper," he added. "It's a mystery why Lurpak has to be nearly £10 a kilo when own brands are often about half of that amount."
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